Whether it is through his own work as a film producer or through his Moving Picture Institute, Thor Halvorssen is always looking for the best ways of using his own interest in film to push forward the human rights issues he holds so dear. The first mark Thor Halvorssen made in the human rights activist community was with a protest against the Lucent Technologies company who were suspected of using Chinese slave labor in the manufacturing of their products; Halvorssen led a sit-in at a shareholders meeting in 1999 and began an activism story that has been shown in his film work.
One of the major areas Thor has sought success is through his work with the Moving Picture Institute that has proven a major film production success since it was established as a tax-exempt charitable group in 2005. As one of the founders of the Moving Picture Institute, Thor Halvorssen must take some of the credit for the success that has been achieved in funding movies with a pro-freedom agenda, and in finding new ways of making sure as many young people as possible enter the film industry in a safe and secure manner.
Thor Halvorssen himself has seen the films he has produced make waves at film festivals and award shows around the world, including the reported 15-minute ovation at the 2006 Balck Nights Film Festival given to his production about the Estonian peaceful uprising against Communist rule, “The Singing Revolution“. An active member of the Moving Picture Institute, Thor has seen the films backed by the charitable group nominated for many major awards in both fiction and documentary categories, including an Oscar nomination as the Institute continues to publicize stories that promote the need for freedom in every society around the world.